Alzheimer’s Society (North Somerset Branch)

Avalon Camps, Mark, Somerset

Burnham & Highbridge Sea Cadets, Somerset

Burnham-on-Sea RC Church

Cheddar Local Action Team

Children’s Hospice South West

Churchill Music!

Crook Peak Parish, Somerset

Crook Peak Project, Somerset

Cross Memorial Hall, Somerset

Friends of Axbridge Church, Axbridge, Somerset

Friends of St Gregory’s Church, Weare, Somerset

Friends of Weare Church, Somerset

Headway Somerset (The Brain Injury Association)

Locking Primary School, North Somerset

Loxton & Christon Village Hall & Churches, Somerset

Mid-Somerset Alzheimer’s Society

National Association for Children of Alcoholics, Bristol

National Gardens Scheme

Our Lady and the English Martyrs RC Church, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset

Our Lady Queen of Apostles RC Church, Cheddar, Somerset

Prostate Cancer Care & Research Centre, Bristol

Royal National Institute for the Deaf, Bath, Somerset

Somerset Association for the Blind

Speak Up Somerset

St Andrew’s Church, Compton Bishop, Somerset

St Mary’s Church, Wedmore, Somerset

The Kings of Wessex School, Cheddar, Somerset

The SWORD Fund, Bristol

Weare First School, Somerset

Wedmore Tuesday Club, Somerset

Wedmore Twinning Association, Somerset

West of England MS Therapy Centre

Weston Aerobic Gymnastics Club, North Somerset

Weston Hospicecare

Weston Woodturning Circle

Winscombe Primary School, North Somerset

Wrington C of E Primary School, North Somerset

Wavering Down


Open days and charity events at Wavering Down House and Gardens have so far raised more than £75,000 for good causes.

Highlights at Frankie Howerd’s former home in Cross, near Cheddar, Somerset, UK, have included:

An Up Pompeii party
A concert with The Wurzels
A classic car rally
Opera by singer Tim Pitman
Jazz in the Garden
Tribute bands Abba 2 Bjorn Belief and Kings of Queen

Many charities, primarily in the South West of England, have been helped by money raised at these events.

Click on the list on the left to see a selection of excerpts from the lovely thank-you letters we have received.

The Kings of Wessex School, Cheddar, Somerset

September, 2008
On behalf of all the students and staff here at The Kings of Wessex School, I would like to thank you and the Frankie Howerd Board of Trustees for your very generous donations. This was certainly a wonderful start to the new school year! Your donation to the Learning Support Department will greatly enhance this integral area of school, supporting our young people with their learning difficulties. Indeed, you might be aware that we were recently successful in gaining Dyslexia Friendly Schools status. I am always pleased when Kings is able to work within our community and I am delighted our students have had the opportunity to support your Trust. I know that the Senior Student Team will enjoy using your gift for their Sixth Form Common Room and the donation to this year’s Charities Week will be very welcome. Thank you once again for your continued enthusiasm for Kings.

October, 2007
Thank you for sending this week your very generous donation from fundraising at Wavering Down House for £125.00 towards the work of our Learning Support Department. I am extremely grateful for your continued support to our young people here at The Kings of Wessex School and I know that our Learning Support subject leader is equally appreciative. Thank you also for your offer to provide further support and I hope that our Big Band can be of some service to you in the future. I very much believe that our ‘work’ together testifies to the value of our community.

July, 2007
Further to our Big Band playing at The Wurzels event at Wavering Down House on Saturday, June 17, 2007, thank you for your generous contribution of £300 from the total money raised. As you know, we will be using this money for the work of our Music Department here at The Kings of Wessex School. Thank you also for providing this special opportunity for our students to be part of such a wonderful Somerset event in the lovely surroundings of Wavering Down House, raising money for charity.



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Letter from the Queen


Letter from Prince Charles


Letter from Camilla


Letter from Blair